Making money online will help you to manage your budget and possibly even save you from taking out large student loans to cover your living expenses. The best part is that it can be completed from the comfort of your bedroom or the university’s library. Additionally, you can set your own working hours, allowing you to work fewer hours during the exam period and more during your holidays.
Before you can get started you need to make sure that you got all of the basics covered. Here are a few of the things you will need:
A computer or laptop with a stable internet connection
An office suite such as Microsoft Office (with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel) or open-source LibreOffice (with LibreOffice Writer and LibreOfficeCalc)
A Paypal account
A bank account for money transfers or checks
An email account
Skype (optional but helpful)
A graphics editor such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP for any tasks related to graphic design, not a requirement for other jobs
Also, before you start looking for online jobs, you should ask yourself the question: “What am I good at?” If you’re looking for a good online job that generates a constant stream of income, you should find something that emphasises your skills and can thus consistently provide good results.
1. Online Tutor
You can use the knowledge gained in your major, or any other subject you’re good at and work as an online tutor to help struggling students. Plus, becoming a tutor is not only good for your CV but also for your own personal growth: you get to meet a lot of new people and gain more skills thanks to the training programs!
The pay varies on your depth of knowledge, as well as, on your area of expertise as some subjects are in higher demand than others.
Salary: £13 - £20 per hour, depending on your expertise and the subject.
2. Software, App or Website Tester
If you are good with technology and like to use the latest gadgets and apps you can become an online QA tester and earn money.
Salary: £5 - £10 per hour
3. Sell Items Online
Got some old course books, clothes, or other items that you no longer use? You can sell them off online – this will get you some added space on your shelves and wardrobe, and some extra money. You can use services like musicMagpie to sell your items in bulk, or individually on classifieds sites like Gumtree, Preloved, or Locanto.
If you want to gain a regular income from selling items online you can browse through second-hand shops for clothes, electronics, or books, and try to upsell them online for more profit.
Salary: £5 - £35 per item, depending on what you’re selling and the quality of your items.
4. Take Online Surveys
Taking online surveys is a quick and easy way to earn money. Survey companies will ask for your opinions on a number of topics and you don’t require any special skills or knowledge to answer them. Usually, the only requirement is that you are 18 years or older. Beware of scam sites that don’t pay out or don’t offer quality surveys.
Surveys won’t rake in a lot of money but they are super simple and low-effort ways to get started; moreover, they can also be combined with some part-time jobs or other methods of online income.
Salary: Taking one survey takes between 10 to 30 minutes and pays you between £2 to £15.
5. Freelance Writer
If writing essays is your forte, or your major is a language, you could try your hand at freelance writing. Here, you are basically writing for your client’s blog or website, or you might create marketing material and/or guest posts. Payments are usually fixed by word or project.
Salary: For 1000 word long articles you can earn between £5 to £10.
6. Data Entry
This job usually requires you to copy and paste some data from a spreadsheet to a website. Sometimes, they will also require you to do some research in which you will also have to gather links for a specific project. It might sound very complicated, but it is usually very easy -through repetitive- work.
Salary: You can earn between £200 to £400 a month for 2 hours of work a day.
7. Graphic Designer
As a freelance graphic designer, you can create logos, covers, websites, magazines, adverts and more for your client. For creative jobs, it is recommended to create a portfolio website to attract potential customers. Here you can see some portfolio website examples, and learn how to build one yourself.
You could either be majoring in graphic design, visual communications, or any other related subject. Alternatively, you are self-taught in your graphics editor of choice and know all the ins and outs. As a freelance graphic designer, you can create logos, covers, websites, magazines, adverts and more for your client.
Salary: £5 - £35 depending on the scope of the project.
8. Translation and Transcription Jobs
If you are studying a language or are bilingual, you can use your skills to earn money. There are many companies and government institutions that need documents, websites, brochures, books, academic essays, audio files, and more translated.
You can either join a translation agency or look for translation jobs on your own.
Salary: £10 - £50 depending on the length and type of document, as well as on your language.
9. Freelance Web Designer
Salary: £30 per hour.
10. Social Media Manager
Why spend all of your time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when you could also be paid for it? If you’re studying marketing or communication science this might be a great job experience for your future career. You need fluent language skills and must be able to design and create appealing social media posts. Furthermore, you will also need to be flexible, confident and organised. A social media manager is the face and voice of a business on a number of social media platforms.
Salary: £10 - £30 per hour.
This sort of online job will not immediately yield an income as you first need to build an audience, gain visitors, and become an authority in your area. It is best to pick a niche in which you don’t have to compete with hundreds or thousands of other news sites, and by offering clear value to your readers.
Once you gain followers and become the go-to source of information in your field, you can gain income through advertising, affiliate marketing, and sponsored posts. This will require you to do some basic promotion such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and social media promotion.
Salary: You can earn between £370 to £1500 a month through advertising, sponsored posts and affiliate marketing once your blog is up and running.
12. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant needs administrative experience in juggling their client’s appointments, emails, schedule, and travel arrangements. If you have good organization and communication skills this online job might be the thing for you.
Salary: £5 - £15 per hour.
These are the top jobs you can do online as a university student in 2018. Each of these jobs can net you at least £350 a month. You can start with one of them or even take on multiple jobs to see which job you like most.
Eduard Lerperger is a Marketing and Communications Specialist for askalo – the free classifieds search engine. He writes about jobs, homes and cars and helps his readers by making life's big decisions easier.
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